By Laura Bolden

Senior Staff Writer

8 November 2019

| | 2 min read

What's On

Newcastle alive with Christmas cheer as Sam Fender switches on city's lights

10, 000 filled the city centre last night (7 November) to watch local, Brit award winning musician Sam Fender switch on Newcastle's Christmas lights. 

The evening was hosted by Metro Radio's Steve and Karen.
The evening was hosted by Metro Radio's Steve and Karen.

It was the biggest switch on event in the city's history with crowd sizes doubling in comparison to previous years. 

Metro Radio's Steve and Karen launched the evening, with festive music from upcoming bands Khalysis and Moodbay and a special panto performance from the cast of Tyne Theatre's Aladdin filling the evening with family fun. 

Sam Fender was also joined by his Saxaphonist Jonny 'Blue Hat' Davis who performed live on stage. 

Sam Fender on stage with presenters Steve and Karen.

Members of the public also had their chance to get up on stage and compete in fun Christmas themed games including Turkey Gobbling impressions and dad dancing. 

Over 6, 000 people gathered in Blackett Street with an extra 4, 000 watching the entertainment live on screens from Grey Street and Grainger Street. 

Michelle Percy, Director of Place at Newcastle City Council said: “This is the launch of an extremely exciting festive period in Newcastle with an improved Christmas offer in place across the city.

"Last night’s switch on was the biggest in the city's history with over 10,000 people heading into the city centre to see Sam Fender return home to switch on the Christmas lights.

“The new location of Blackett Street proved to be a big success, with crowds also watching the entertainment from additional screens on Grey Street and Grainger Street.”

Crowds gather on Blackett Street

The Grainger Market also opened late with carol singers and a photo opportunity with Big Ted the Christmas Bear. 

Newcastle's Christmas has its own website, visit here to see what's happening in Newcastle this festive season.